American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A march back or in a reverse direction.
- n. A complete reversal of method or conduct.
- v. To execute or cause to execute a countermarch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To march back.
- Milit., to execute a countermarch. See countermarch, n., 2.
- n. A marching back; a returning.
- n. Milit., a change of the wings or face of a body of men, so as to bring the right to the left or the front to the rear, and retain the same men in the front rank: or a rear rank may become a front rank by countermarching round the end of the latter, which remains stationary.
- n. Figuratively, a complete change or reversal of measures or conduct.
- n. A march back along the same route
- v. To march back along the same route
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Mil.) To march back, or to march in reversed order.
- n. A marching back; retrocession.
- n. (Mil.) An evolution by which a body of troops change front or reverse the direction of march while retaining the same men in the front rank; also, a movement by which the rear rank becomes the front one, either with or without changing the right to the left.
- n. A change of measures; alteration of conduct.
- v. change the order of soldiers during a march
- v. march back along the same way
- n. (military) a march in the reverse direction or back along the same route
“The regime's Basij security force were charged with maintaining order and they tried to undermine the protesters For weeks, march and countermarch by the government and opposition supporters galvanized and polarized Iran with the internet acting as a conduit for each to mobilize and make a case for itself.”
“The event, supported by the NAACP, the Urban League and Martin Luther King III, "is not a countermarch to Beck," nor will the rally be about confrontation.”
“Frustrated and chagrined that they had been outfoxed yet again by the Comanches, the Fourth had no choice but to countermarch, bivouacking for the night at the site of the abandoned village.25”
“She kept hold of their hands, therefore, as if her feeble strength could have been of service, had any violence been intended, and saw with joy she could not disguise, the little party of horse countermarch, in order to descend the glen.”
“We cannot, after all, believe that they come with any serious intention of doing us injury; it is but the insane desire of witnessing feats of battle and single combat, which is to them the breath of their nostrils, that can have impelled them to this partial countermarch.”
“The ANSWERbots I countermarch every week in studio city are already trying this one on.”
“Editorials have been written, speeches made and even public demonstrations have been mounted both for (Red Friday's being the most obvious) and against the mission (like the protest countermarch in Quebec City during the R22eR's parade.)”
“At last, after forty days, he began to be so far recovered as to be able to rally his remaining forces, and marched as if he directly designed for Cilicia; but in the night, raising his camp without sound of trumpet, he took a countermarch, and, passing the mountain Amanus, he ravaged an the lower country as far as Cyrrhestica.”
“When the van came to a point where the road was visible from the Federal position, McLaws halted, told Longstreet that the column could be seen by the enemy, and suggested that the two divisions countermarch and follow a route he had reconnoitered during the forenoon.”
“Perhaps, even probably, McDowell's countermarch was related to Jackson's advance, but of the details nothing was clear.”
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